Welcome to Nursing Practice at Mission Community Hospital

Mission Community Hospital prides itself in providing compassionate and quality healthcare. We believe that the center of our services is our patient. Caring is the hallmark of our institution. Nursing at Mission Community Hospital believes in its power that formulated a functional, visual framework for the delivery of its role, purpose, and principles.

Nursing care is channeled by nursing philosophy, theoretical outline, and by defined elements of nursing. These components marked the development of our model of care.
Patient – defined as the center and focus of our services.
Nursing Services – defined as integral element that supports an outstanding patient experience. They consist of:

  • General Medical and Surgical Services
  • Telemetry Services
  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Critical Care / Intensive Care Services
  • Emergency Services
  • Chemical Dependency Services
  • Intensive Outpatient Psychiatric Services
  • Infusion Services, and
  • Perioperative/Perianesthesia Services

Nursing Services at MCH believes in its values statement that we are dedicated to:

  • Respect and Compassion
  • Excellence and Quality
  • Honesty and Accountability, and
  • Continued Growth

As a community hospital, we see ourselves providing safe guidance to our patients and their families as they experience healthcare process; we see ourselves providing an encompassing service that is attentive to the total health needs of each individual. We, the Nurses at MCH dedicate ourselves in the furtherance of quality care through continued teamwork, leadership, collaboration, and participation in performance improvement.

Nursing Leadership

The nursing leadership of Mission Community Hospital is dedicated to establishing innovative ways to achieve excellence in nursing practice. Nurse leaders are keen to the needs and demands of our patients as well as our nurses.

The Nursing Leaders provide strategic direction for the discipline of nursing. They assure that appropriate resources are available for education, research and evidence-based practice initiatives. This includes but not limited to:

  • Creating a growth and development strategy for our nurses to continuously expand their knowledge base and develop their clinical/technical, critical thinking, and relationship management skills;
  • Creating an environment in which we are continuously seeking to improve actual work of the professional nurse; and
  • Creating an environment that supports quality outcomes that meet or exceed benchmarks.

Leadership skills are developed through participation in organizational development, mentoring, stewardship, and attendance to professional resources such as conferences and seminars.

Philosophy of Nursing

The Philosophy of Nursing is the foundation of our patient care delivery and follows the creed of the California Nurse Practice Act and the ANA Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice. The Nurses at MCH are committed to achieving excellence in clinical practice that reflects positive and outstanding patient experience that involve critical thinking, professional development, accountability, evidence-based practice and commitment to the community.

A Professional Nurse stands as a patient advocate, caring for the patient as a whole – his mind, body and spirit through the continuum of care. Our care extends beyond the institution into the community, as we provide our services to a variety of settings throughout the continuum of health across the life span.

We foster growth and development by establishing elements of trust, mutual respect, effective communication, and recognize all contributions by health care team members. We embrace superior ways in technology, leadership, and delivery of care systems that enhances nursing profession and practice.

Nursing Education

Education is the root of learning through processes established by various leaders in professional growth and development. We accomplish education through planned and systematic approach. We follow the promulgated standards of academic, continuing education, and in-service education. We integrate both formal and informal education with research and practice to meet the needs of practitioners at all levels.

Nursing education implements background and academic achievements as the framework of nursing practice at Mission Community Hospital. Nursing education is developed to a customized method, which aligns orientation, competency assessment, continuing education and in-services. We encourage our professional nurses to participate in the development of education programs.

Research Programs

We, at Mission Community Hospital spotlights and aspire to make evidence-based practice (EBP) the foundation of which nursing care is delivered, governed, evaluated and enhanced. Through the guidance and collaboration of physician leaders, we are able to provide advanced methods in the delivery of patient care and developed positive outcome.

References:
American Nurses Association (1998)
Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice 2nd Edition.
American Nurses Association (2000)
Scope and Standards for Nursing Professional Development.

Benner, P. (2001)
From Novice to Expert, Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice.
Prentice Hall Health.

Benner, P, Tanner, C and Chesla, C (1996)
Expertise in Nursing Practice, Caring and Clinical Judgment and Ethics.
Springer Publishing Company